You maybe wouldn’t pick it as a first choice holiday country, but Zambia actually is a beautiful place to spend your vacation. Read all about my trip here and the tips & suggestions I have for you when traveling to Zambia, Africa.
So I traveled in Zambia for the reason I like to visit charity organizations.
First stop: Livingstone
Livingstone lays only 6 kilometers from the Victoria Falls. To either the Zambian side, you pay $20,- and enter a calm and easy National Park where you can enjoy spectacular views. Don’t forget to bring some water repellent clothing
The second day in Livingstone I visited the Okodwela organization, which has been very special and heartwarming. Read everything about my experiences on this separate blog. I got the best guide throughout the day, who also organizes bike-tours in Livingstone. He guides you through the city, shows you the local market as well as the local communities around the city. Check Cowboy Cycle Tours for his biking tours, very recommended!
Another interesting organization that is active in the Livingstone area is Zambezi Trust.
Second stop: Lusaka
From Livingstone I traveled further to the capital, Lusaka. I
The bus took about 8 hours and was very comfortable, with easy seats and calm roads. The only slightly annoying thing? They played very loud videos during the entire ride. The videos included Zambian gospels. If you are not into gospels eight-hours, I recommend you to bring some earplugs. Other than that, Shalom was a very convenient company to travel with. In
My stay in Lusaka was short and effective.
Third stop: South Luangwa
From my hotel, I got a shuttle to the airport (which took about 30 minutes) and from Lusaka, I flew in a little over 1 hour to Mfuwe. I went into one of those tiny airplanes with just 10 seats and I was scared as hell, as the airplane was clearly from the
In South Luangwa, I stayed at Croc Valley Camp which is a beautiful lodge and campground on the Luangwa River. They offer a bar, restaurant, terraces and a swimming pool. They offer WIFI in the restaurant as well as electricity. You can stay in ‘turtle-rooms’ which are separate apartments with shared bathrooms and electricity, in luxury tents with bathroom en-suite, simple eco-tents with shared bathroom (no
The adventurous part of staying at Croc Valley, is the fact there are no fences and it lays directly on the Luangwa river. Monkeys and elephants are able to cross the camp anytime and at night both hippo’s and crocodiles regularly come out of the river to visit the campground. A bit scary, but exciting as well.
With each lodge in the South Luangwa area, you are able to book safaris and each lodge has its’ own rangers. All prices are comparable and I feel safari in Zambia has a fair price and is very affordable. The sights are incredible, the wildlife extraordinary here and therefore South Luangwa is an affordable and good place to do safaris. All lodges work with non-profit organizations in taking
I stayed three days in South Luangwa and didn’t leave my lodge except for safaris two days in a row. It’s really slowing you down and creating a relaxed vibe.
Other good options to stay in the South Luangwa area:
- Marula Lodge (they support multiple charity projects with their ‘give back’ program) – very affordable as well
- Flatdogs Camp (they support local community work) – slightly higher priced and more luxurious
Next destination: Lilongwe, Malawi